Chris takes up the half marathon challenge

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 September 2011

Chris with best friend Dave Canniford, who ran for the same charity and is also running the Bath half and London marathons with Chris.

Chris with best friend Dave Canniford, who ran for the same charity and is also running the Bath half and London marathons with Chris.

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A WORLE businessman donned his running shoes and completed the Bristol Half Marathon in aid of a good cause.

Chris Richards, part-owner of Best-One and Fairsave in High Street, completed the mission this month in just over one hour and 34 minutes.

The father-of-one, who lives in Locking Road in Weston with wife Katie and two-year-old daughter Molly, says since he quit smoking six years ago he felt like there was something missing from his life - and that is when he found running.

Chris, who ran in aid of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, said: “Don’t get me wrong, I don’t particularly enjoy running that much, I just love the challenge it presents.

“It’s hard work, but it is more rewarding than I ever expected, a kind of selfish satisfaction that I can’t really explain.

“My long-time friend from Plymouth University, Khurm, will no doubt be more surprised than anyone else that I have quit smoking and found the energy to get up for any other cause than partying.

“He is one of the more decent people I have met in the journey of life and has now introduced me to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

“It’s important to understand that everyone has challenges.

“If you can go out of your way to help another in a challenge that effects them every day of their life, that’s important.

“That’s why I am trying to raise funds for muscular dystrophy. It is bigger than me.” Chris, aged 28, has taken part in a number of half-marathons.

He has currently raised nearly £300 doing the Bristol one, but is still hoping to find sponsorship.

To sponsor him http://www.justgiving.com/bestone

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